Top Poems to Teach your Child

Top Poems to Teach your Child

Top Poems to Teach your Child

We all learned poems as we grew up! So, today let’s talk about top poems to teach your child. Poems have several benefits for everyone. In other words, children as young as a year old can follow simple poems. Poems are like a bridge connecting speaking, language learning, reading, writing, and listening. Further, there are excellent benefits of teaching your child poems. Let’s look at some of the benefits.

Why should I teach poems?

Poetry is the arrangement of words containing meaning and music. Further, poems have rhythm, shape, structure, and content. In other words, the poem is the means to express thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Further, when we teach children poems it helps them perceive the world around them. The rhythm, music, and the content of the poems help them to learn many skills. Furthermore, it promotes skills such as listening, language development, fluency of speech sounds, reading of words, and creative expression.

What are the benefits of teaching poems?

Here are some of the top benefits of teaching poems to your child.

  • Reciting poetry helps your child’s speech fluency
  • Helps children to articulate and move from one speech sound to another in words
  • Promotes language, sentence, and vocabulary development
  • Enriches language skills and grammar
  • Children learn to listen and perceive the world around them
  • Promotes literacy skills
  • Aids in memory and boosts brain skills
  • They learn to read and write efficiently

Overall, the benefits of teaching your child poems are numerous.

What poems can I teach?

The first step is to choose a poem appropriate for your child. In other words, consider poems based on your child’s age, reading abilities, and preference. I suggest starting with poems that are appealing and easy to grasp. Further, choose poems that are rich in language and music. So, read on for some of my top picks.

Top Poems to Teach your Child

Here are my top picks!

At the Zoo by William Makepeace Thackeray

First, I saw the white bear, then I saw the black;
Then I saw the camel with a hump upon his back;
Then I saw the grey wolf, with mutton in his maw;
Then I saw the wombat waddle in the straw;
Then I saw the elephant a-waving of his trunk;
Then I saw the monkeys – mercy, how unpleasantly they smelt!

Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
She’s making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

I am a Little Teapot by George Harold Sanders

I’m a little teapot
Short and stout.
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout:
Tip me over
And pour me out!

I’m a very special pot
This is true.
Here’s an example
Of what I can do.
I can change my handle
And my spout.
Tip me over
And pour me out!

Snowball by Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pyjamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first, it wet the bed.

Two Little Dicky Birds by Anonymous

Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall,

One named Peter, one named Paul.

Fly away, Peter!   Fly away, Paul!

Come back, Peter!   Come back, Paul!

Bonus Tips

  • Use actions while teaching poems
  • Further, modulate your vocal pitch to catch their attention
  • Furthermore, use pictures and toy models while teaching the poems
  • Hence, be vibrant and energetic
  • So, encourage your child to repeat words after you

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